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April 20, 2009
Haitians Overwhelmingly Reject Electoral Sham
By Stephen Lendman
Haitians Overwhelmingly Reject Electoral Sham - by Stephen Lendman
On April 19, sham elections were held to fill 12 open seats in the 30-member Haitian Senate, but most Haitians refused to go along.
Earlier in February on procedural grounds, Haiti’s Provisional Election Council (CEP) disqualified Fanmi Lavalas (FL) candidates from participating, the party most Haitians support.
Mass outrage and apprehension showed up in Priorities Project (HPP) pre-election polls with only 5% of eligible voters stating an intention to participate.
HPP’s Jacob Francois told Inter Press Service (IPS):
“We organized our census primarily through town hall meetings, where organizers spoke to people in groups and individually. From this we tallied the opinions of what we estimated to be 65,000 from an eight million population.” From this sampling, a 5% participation rate was calculated.
Francois added: “They just do not learn. They can’t exclude a major party,” and do it on a first time ever procedural technicality, “that’s total exclusion. It will undermine the entire process. In addition, the CEP has no business (interfering with) the internal affairs of Lavalas,” or taking orders from Washington to do it.
Secretary General of the Organisation of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, said in a press release:
“I cannot help but express my concern about the possibility that an important group of Haitian citizens might feel that they are not being represented in this process.”